27 February 2020
Microsoft Surface Duo that got introduced back in October 2019 at the company’s Surface Event is due to ship in the holiday season. But it appears that the company has already started distributing a few units to some people. Well, this is probably because, before the commercial release, Microsoft would need to ensure that everything is running as it should be. This could simply be a part of the internal testing to check some things on software and hardware levels before the device goes in the hands of the buyers.
Surface Duo, the first-ever Android phone from Microsoft was recently spotted in the wild. A Twitter user by the name Israel Rodriguez spotted a person with a prototype device on the Vancouver subway and snooped in to capture some shots for the curious world.
At first glance, the prototype looks similar to the one announced at the Surface Event, but with closer inspection and watching more in the bunch, you would realize that it also includes something more. There is an LED flash next to the front-facing camera, the only camera present on the right display which also works as the rear camera, thanks to the nature of the 360 hinges. The image shows the white circle is a new hardware addition to the device that we may get.
Besides this, the device in question shares the same design that we saw during the unveiling last year. It has the same foldable form factor where there are actually two screens separated by a hinge between them.
The video posted by the same user shows a bunch of more pictures a small video that reflects the device in action. At 46 seconds in the video, one can observe that the device in question got stuck and couldn’t load up an app.
The user who has been found testing the device is trying many things to bring it back from the locked-up state. One attempt shows the device also supports gesture navigation, something which is now a part of the new version of Android.
Well, these could be just bugs as the device is seemingly still under testing and Microsoft needs to iron out these creases to put the best in front of us.